Born and raised in Houston, J. Paul Jr. grew up singing and playing drums at church which eventually led him to the accordion. Since starting the Nubreedz in 1995, Paul has made his way to becoming the biggest star in Texas Zydeco. This Saturday he and his band are taking over the Simcoe Strip with DJ Troy-D with their Summer Jam at Miami Moon.
Though Acadiana technically ends at the Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish, the reality is South Louisiana/Créole culture/whatever you want to call it also takes up most of Southeast Texas. The shoulder strapped scrub board or frottoir was actually conceived in Texas while Clifton Chenier was living and working in our neighboring state in the 1940s. Though Chenier was born in Opelousas, he and his brother Cleveland spent a great deal of their early career developing their sound in Houston. Since then the Bayou City has been a vital part of zydeco culture, producing big names like Step Rideau and Brian Jack along with J. Paul Jr.
For this week’s playlist, I’m featuring the nouveau zydeco sounds of J. Paul and the Nubreedz along with some Texas Cajun, swamp pop, and of course zydeco. You’ll hear tracks from French accordion master Joe Bonsall, Chicano-Créole crossover star Ruben Moreno, and a duet with legendary Tex-Mex rocker Doug Sahm and the leading lady of zydeco Queen Ida.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, July 17 at 5:00 pm
Chenier Center Block Party feat. New Natives Brass Band and Philadelphia Music Group
Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 pm
J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreedz with DJ Troy-D